Sunday, March 12, 2017

Today's walk report: 031217, these are not the ducks you're looking for

There was a time and you're perfectly welcome to look back on this, where this "report" was more about posting something as a daily journal than as the nature photography blog it has evolved into. As a journal there were some pretty lame entries because I was posting whatever and just because. This idea of posting something as it related to my daily constitutional started sometime in 2008 on Facebook. In 2012 I started calling this the walk report there. It was mostly done to make a rather mundane walk, usually the same day after day, less boring. The Facebook "sharing" aspect was somewhat superfluous, which is perhaps the biggest reason I dumped FB almost two years ago. Most things on FB are superfluous if not superficial. Here's the most important thing that I learned from Facebook... I have but a few true friends and they are precious pals and family. You don't need to take or give "likes" between people who truly love you and who you in return love. Anyway, there were times this act of posting really helped me go out and make the effort which by 2010 was approaching 7 miles a day but I was doing it for myself, just like walking. When the walk report moved here, April 19, 2013 (the day after my birthday) it was again a personal cathartic effort. I was just beginning to recover from my mother's death just 6 weeks earlier. I think I was trying to wear down grief having been in my childhood home with her for close to two years. I was also needing to make that home mine--while there were a lot of ghostly reminders of the past both good and bad. Once again, I've thought a lot about this lately so I'm writing it down but I'm writing it down so I'll better understand.

Now, here come the pictures I promise. I was completely out for a few weeks with a sciatica issue and the flu. The two complemented each other in an excruciating way. I am so glad to have been back out with my wonderful girl taking pictures today.

These are not the ducks you're looking for...

One of the pleasures my Docken and I have missed most on the outside during our bouts with the flu were "our ducks" (look back a few posts and you'll see) who we named after us because they remind us of ourselves. Well, I think we'll see them again but on our last few trips out we've been greeted by another pair of mallards. We believe we saw our ducks fly overhead just as we were arriving last week only to find these two in their place.

Not Docken Duck.
Not Eric Duck.
Nevertheless, they got duck food but we miss our ducks.

Here's another changing of the guard. My last post,  Today's walk report: 012217, featuring Rusty, was erroneous. That wasn't Rusty at all. It was an imposter. I knew a week or two earlier that there was another male Allen's hummingbird about but I followed this ones patterns and thought it had to be Rusty. As it turned out this little fellow was chasing Rusty.

Imitation Rusty, male Selaphorus sasin.
And here's Rusty taken on Feb. 10th...

I'm pretty sure I can tell the difference now. I did not see Rusty today but then I only saw 3 hummingbirds. The other two were a male and a female Calypte Anna that were rather evasive. Three hummingbirds in a one acre garden on a beautiful warm day is rather odd but we also didn't stay long.

Whilst looking for hummingbirds, this guy almost hit me in the nose flying by...

Gray bird grasshopper (Schistocerca nitens).

Alyogyne huegelii.
We have an Alyogyne huegelii bush in our front yard too. It's done quite well with the recent SoCal rains. It's taken almost 4 years to really get going but it's not in the most hospitable location. The daisies in the background are Dimorphotheca sinuata.

Back to the walk and also in full bloom and quite majestic, Acacia boormanii, aka, snowy river wattle.

We decided to take our stroll a little past the garden to make it more of a walk and passed the campus sundial. Today is the first day of daylight saving time. The shadow was pretty much spot on, this photo was taken at 11:25 DST. I'll also note it says, Daylight Savings Time, with a "s". I learned last night that Daylight Savings Time is a misspelling, but its use is more common than the correct term.

Back home. The first scarlet flax (Linum grandiflorum) are blooming in the front yard. This is one of my favorite flowers to photograph here in the spring. By the way, the Spring Equinox is still 8 days away and right now it feels more like summer with the current afternoon temp being 91ยบ F.

 Thanks again for coming along. It was great to be able to go out and do this!


  1. Very cool pics always. Glad y'all are back in the saddle !

  2. I'm glad you're both getting back to what you enjoy most. I hope "your" ducks return soon. The grasshoppers are back in force here too, as is the heat. My best to D.